Dağhan Irak is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Strasbourg. He completed his undergraduate studies in Journalism at Galatasaray University and earned an MA degree in Modern Turkish History at Bogazici University. The doctoral research he conducted and finished with highest honours at the University of Strasbourg was a digital ethnography on football fans who participated in the Gezi Protests in 2013.
Before his academic career, he had worked for Eurosport TV Turkish desk for more than ten years as a broadcaster and senior editor, also contributed to national and international media outlets as a sports columnist and media critic. He also worked as a senior political analyst in a Middle-East based international social media agency. He has two books published in Turkey, on the political use of social media in Turkey and on the sociopolitics of football in Britain and in Turkey. His research and teaching fields are digital research methods, social network analysis, data journalism and sociology of sports.
He is also one of the signatories of the Academics for Peace petition by a network of scholars demanding the end of violence inflicted against citizens in predominantly Kurdish regions of Turkey.